Restaurateur Tim McLoone has left his mark all over the culinary maps of New Jersey and Maryland with his numerous gourmet grills, which distinguish themselves from one another with unique menus and ambiances that hew to the same level of upscale elegance. Most of Tim’s restaurants set a lovely spread for Sunday brunch with made-to-order omelets, waffles, and a carving station with plump, tender hams. The network of eateries regularly lures hungry passersby during the evening with the aroma of grilled steaks and seafood, and a winning lotto ticket attached to a fishing line. Select locations are also visited by nightly entertainment. The decor at each dining hall is inspired by its surroundings: naval themes prevail at the coastal locations in National Harbor, Sea Bright, and Long Branch, while McLoone’s racing-themed restaurants are located within the off-track facilities in Fords and Bayonne.
Mr Subs has come a long way since it was thought up by a group of college friends at Rutgers University. Since then, the sandwich shop has expanded to four separate locations throughout the area. Each follows the same formula—heap savory meats and farm-raised, seasonal veggies between slices of freshly baked bread. Cold subs are the shop's specialty; they come in varieties that include honey-roasted turkey, roast beef, and prosciuttini with capicola and cheese. Diners can also sink their teeth into grilled cheesesteak and BLT sandwiches as well as breakfast options.
Burst through the Bavarian doors at Killmeyer's to assume your place at a dinner table and take a look over its menu of Old Country bar fare. Teutonic taste buds can lift off with a litre of Spaten Optimator ($12) and an order of six traditional potato pancakes, served with applesauce or sour cream ($8), before belly-charging into the Bavarian wurst platter, boasting bratwurst, knackwurst, and weisswurst with red cabbage and sauerkraut ($15). Explore the traditional flavors of the classic wiener schnitzel and spatzle ($17), or satisfy the cannibalistic cow within by opting for Killmeyer's beefy rouladen, featuring beef rolls stuffed with onions, bacon, mustard, and gherkins ($18). Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn also offers a selection of more than 80 beers—look over the massive list or ask a friendly server what's currently playing on the suds-screen with the 30 seasonal selections.
Sconces cast a soft glow on dinner tables draped in white linen. Green glass tiles glint in the light of fluted hanging lamps. Tea candles flicker next to plush, low lounge seating. The lighting inside Cubanu creates a romantic atmosphere before dates even dig into its menu of American-influenced Cuban dishes, such as empanadas stuffed with goat cheese and spinach. Patrons can also clink glasses of signature house-made sangria, or cap off long nights of filing joint tax returns by munching on late-night tapas dishes served on Friday and Saturday.
The cooks at Pizza Station slide thoughtfully decorated pies into hot ovens, warming and toasting ingredients such as beef sirloin, ricotta cheese, and fresh zucchini. Customized pizzas can start with a whole-wheat, pan, stuffed, or Sicilian-style crust and can be eaten with the patron's choice of pitchfork. Pizzas bake alongside pans filled with ziti, lasagna, and clam appetizers, and less steamy tastes include chicken caesar wraps, a smattering of salads, and Uncle Louie G’s Italian ice in such flavors as chocolate peanut butter, vanilla chip, and lemon.